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Farm Bill Energy Title Contains Climate Tweaks, Slimmer Funding

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) … While the bill is largely viewed as a status-quo farm bill, the bill importantly reauthorizes the Energy Title (IX) and contains some new programs and tweaks aimed at helping producers become more resilient to climate change.  … While overall the Energy Title

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Nearly $4 billion dollars was infused into capital investments in the U.S. for renewable and bioscience projects in 2018. This significant investment is merely part of an upward trend that’s yielded more than 273,000 new jobs at bioscience companies across the country since

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

A Summary of Federal Programs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Incentives

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A wide array of federal incentives supports the development and deployment of alternatives to conventional fuels and engines in transportation. These incentives include tax deductions and credits for vehicle purchases and the installation of refueling systems, federal grants for conversion of older vehicles to newer technologies,

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Entrepreneurial Impact: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cyclotron Road NEXT APPLICATIONS FALL 2019

Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that supports leading entrepreneurial scientists as they advance a project with the potential for global impact. Since 2015, more than $15 million has been awarded to 41 fellows who have gone on to generate more than $75

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

EcoAgriculture Partners Announces Climate Smart Agriculture Training Curriculum

(North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance)  EcoAgriculture Partners, a non-profit, integrated-landscape-management advocacy group, has announced a new climate smart agriculture (CSA) training curriculum is under development. Louise Buck, the organization’s director of collaborative management, was in New York City for last month’s Climate Week NYC , where she introduced the Training Curriculum

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article
    U.S. Department of Energy 2019 Project Peer Review  —   March 4-8, 2019   —   Denver, Colorado

U.S. Department of Energy 2019 Project Peer Review — March 4-8, 2019 — Denver, Colorado

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2019 Project Peer Review on March 4-8, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 90% of projects in BETO’s early-stage research and development portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia,

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Launches BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre and National Pilot Biorefining Facility

(University College Dublin Innovation) €28 million in total invested in BEACON and National Bioeconomy Campus;  Launch at Lisheen part of inaugural Bioeconomy Ireland Day  —  Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today launched the new €22.2 million BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre at the €5.75 million National Bioeconomy Campus

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

The Transition: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioproducts Transition Dynamics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) BETO has been developing a broad understanding of different conversion processes that produce bioproducts and the associated market attributes. However, there is not much understanding around how investment decisions are made and the possible successful scenarios for advancing the bioproducts and biofuels industries. The goal

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Argonne GREET 2018 Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, a research team at Argonne National Lab released its GREET 2018 update. GREET is a life-cycle analysis (LCA) tool, structured to systematically examine energy and environmental effects of a wide variety of transportation fuels and vehicle technologies in major transportation sectors (i.e., road, air, marine,

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

A Superior Value: A Workshop in Anerobic Digestion

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) October 2, 2018, Annapolis, Maryland. Inside the Doubletree Inn,  it was as hectic as the traffic on Route 50.  Eightyfive paid attendees were gathering, registering, networking, and hurriedly settling in for the 9:15 start of this workshop titled Opportunities and Challenges in Anaerobic Digestion:

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Canadian Competition Aims to Develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels DEADLINE: February 2019

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Natural Resources Canada recently announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The challenge consists of two competitions and aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower the environmental footprint of flying. While the Canadian

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Six States Account for More than 70% of U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Six states accounted for 72% of U.S. fuel ethanol production in 2016, according to the most recent estimates from EIA’s State Energy Data System. Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota collectively produced 265 million barrels of fuel ethanol out of the U.S. total of 367 million

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Government Announces Major Funding for Green Aerospace R&D and Backing for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online)  Following recent grants awarded to two projects developing potential commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production, the UK government has pledged £343 million ($448m) public and industry investment for R&D into cleaner and quieter civil aircraft. The government says a principle aim is for the UK to be at the forefront

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Complex Networks Identify Genes for Biofuel Crops

(U.S. Department of Energy Newswise)  Systems biology leads the way to exascale computing on Summit supercomputer. —  … To improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, scientists are using different layers of information (about

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program DEADLINES: October 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019

(U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service/Federal Register)  This Notice announces the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program) to provide guaranteed loans to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial scale biorefineries using eligible technology and of

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass, Biomass and More Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 billion tons would be available by 2030, for conversion into biofuels. Compared to the original

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Diversification: FG to Boost Jatropha Production

by O.C. Cluss (Daily Trust)  The Federal Government is to focus more on the development of jatropha production as part of efforts to diversify the nation’s economy, the Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Dr. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, has said. The DG, who spoke at the distribution of improved

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation Programs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The goal of the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation focus at the BioEnergy Technologies Office is to de-risk bioenergy production technologies through validated proof of performance at the pilot, demonstration, and pioneer scales and to conduct activities that will transform the biofuels market

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Deeper into the Biomass: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Billion Ton Report, Vol. 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy says that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 billion tons would be available by 2030, for conversion into biofuels. Compared to the original

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories RFI Released RESPONSES DUE: September 14, 2018

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office issued a request for information (RFI) titled, Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories. Catalysts increase the rate of a chemical reaction and are used in many industrial chemical processes. Through this RFI, BETO seeks to

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Launches New Lab Partnering Service

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 10, the U.S. Department of Energy officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. This tool will provide industry with a more efficient

July 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Q.E.D.: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.” It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology centers,

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard: Program Unlikely to Meet Production or Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

(U.S. Government Accountability Office)  The Renewable Fuel Standard aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector through 2022. It requires that transportation fuels (such as gasoline and diesel) sold in the U.S. contain annually increasing amounts of conventional renewable fuels (such as ethanol) and advanced biofuels

July 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Seeking a Friend for the End of Unreliability: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium and why does it exist? The Why is simple. #1 issue plaguing High and Low Temperature IBR projects is consistent operability of preprocessing and primary deconstruction. In response, researchers have joined together from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE,

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

From Corn to Manure, Here’s Why Biofuels Could Be Important in the Years to Come

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado is a hotbed of research and innovation. One field its researchers are looking at is that of biofuels, which can be produced from biomass. Breaking things down, biomass can include anything from algae to wood and manure. The potential of biofuels

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in molecular biology, chemical engineering, computational and robotic technologies,

May 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Accelerating Ag Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Agricultural Research Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess the

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Legislature Approves Funding for State Blender Pump Program

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewed program to boost consumer choice for higher biofuel blends — Last night (May 2, 2018) the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) – a move that will spur economic activity across the state and support Iowa

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesels Produced from Certain Feedstocks Have Distinct Properties from Petroleum Diesel

by Steve Hanson, Neil Agarwal (U.S. Department of Energy Energy Information Agency) Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from various feedstocks, including refined vegetable oils, recycled cooking oils, and rendered animal fats. Different feedstocks produce biodiesel with distinct qualities that must be considered when blending biodiesel with petroleum diesel for use in

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s the Latest in Bioenergy R&D, DOE? The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g., biosolids). BETO works with a broad spectrum of government, industrial,

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New Release: Co-Optima 2017 Year in Review

(U.S. Department of Energy)  While vehicles and fuels currently on the market get travelers from Point A to Point B, are there new options that could save fuel and money, while also delivering higher performance and cleaner air? Co-Optima research is exploring ways to do just that, with the science and

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

TechLink: Tap into Innovation from Defense Department Laboratories

by Yvonne Rudman and Lynn Abramson (TechLink/Clean Energy Business Network)  Are you a clean energy business interested in learning more about energy innovations coming out of the Department of Defense? If so, you should know about a free resource called TechLink. … TechLink is the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary. Its mission is

April 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New DOE Study: Ethanol Among Best Options for Future Engine Efficiency Improvements and Emissions Reduction

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today hailed the release of two studies by the Department of Energy that find ethanol-based high octane fuels can deliver substantial fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions when paired with optimized internal combustion engines. The studies are part of the DOE’s Co-Optimization of Engines &

February 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Making It Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities and experience in order to accelerate the discovery and deployment of novel materials in support

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-Ton Estimate

(South Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens. The goal is to replace 30 percent of

February 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy’s 2017 Project Peer Review Report

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2017 Project Peer Review on March 6–9, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, approximately 192 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio were presented to the public and systematically reviewed by more than

February 6, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders via a request for information (RFI) to identify

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Top Cat: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio’s Progress and Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry to rapidly transition R&D discoveries into commercial processes and grow the bioeconomy in the United

October 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Biofuel Projects Win DOE Support

(Bioenergy Insight)  A number of research projects focused on bioenergy and biofuels have been selected for the US Community Science Programme (CSP) of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. … Boulos Chalhoub of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research is set to explore how DNA methylation and repeated

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Argonne Opens Call for Second Cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations

(U.S. Department of Energy/Newswise)  Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations program will gain, among other things, access to Argonne National Laboratory’s world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced the opening of applications for innovators to join the second

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Nigeria Loses Billions of Naira Due to Shortages of Cassava Plantation

(TVC News)  One of the manufacturers in Nigeria who specialised in the use of cassava for the production of Ethanol has said that the country is losing billions of naira due to a shortfall in Cassava supply. He noted that the country needs a minimum of four hundred million litres

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels from Bacteria: Sandia Labs Helps HelioBioSys Understand New Clean Energy Source

by Jules Bernstein  (Sandia National Laboratory)  … A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. …  HelioBioSys

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Partner Power in Process Piloting: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, where is it, who does it serve and how? Located at Berkeley Lab, the ABPDU aims to “support the commercialization of industry-, academic-and DOE-driven biofuels and bio-products by providing a key technical resource and an agile, flexible team

August 16, 2017 Read Full Article

New Knowledge Centre Will Provide Scientific Evidence on Bioeconomy

(European Commission Science Hub)  A new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre has been created by the JRC and DG RTD to better support policy makers with science-based evidence in this field. Launched by the European Commission on 20 July, this online platform will not primarily generate knowledge, but will collect, structure and

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Research Aims to ‘Co-Optimize’ Biofuels for Future Engines

(Agri-Pulse)  Research aimed at finding the right combination of fuels and engine technology that would maximize a car’s performance while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions has reached a milestone that ethanol advocates hope gets wider acknowledgement from policy makers. The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative is a first-of-its-kind collaborative research

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Catalysis on a Hot Tin Roof: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the ChemCatBio Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, the consortium works “with industry to rapidly transition R&D discoveries into commercial processes and grow the bioeconomy in the

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Analyzing Air Pollutant Emissions from the Biofuel Supply Chain

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) NREL’s sustainability analysis program studies air pollutant emissions from the entire biofuel supply chain and their implications on air quality and human health. Additionally, we study how air quality regulations can affect the cost, operation, and sustainability of the biofuels industry, generally, and biorefineries, specifically. We model

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Wazzup with Algae? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Algae Systems Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to algae? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison Goss-Eng answered the question in this update, given at DOE Project Peer Review 2017. In this deck, she looks at milestones ahead, programs, goals and challenges. READ MORE

June 20, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Proactive Biodiesel Blending Practices Help Improve Performance

by Paul Nazzaro (Advanced Fuel Solutions Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  As biodiesel continues to emerge as a sought-after blending component for generic distillates in the Northeast and beyond, a recent study commissioned by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association highlighted why it’s imperative that those handling the fuel educate themselves on the proper storage,

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article

A Decade of Bioenergy Research

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. —  In the 10 years since the U.S. DOE established three bioenergy research centers with the goal of using science to help America grow its way to

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy. The bio-economy adresses societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable economic growth and energy independence. The bio-economy enables the

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Great Leaf Forward: The Top 10 Trends Driving the Canadian Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Although the bigger players — China, the US, Brazil and the EU take most of the headlines in the advanced bioeconomy, Canada is definitely “boxing above its weight class” these days, as the saying goes. In particular, in the areas of innovative project deployment and policy

May 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Oak Ridge Pioneers New Way to See Biomass Pretreatment Impacts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have reported in Nature a new high resolution approach to visioning the impact of biomass pre-treatment technology. By combining spectroscopy and emerging microscopy techniques, the team measured the nanoscale mechanical and chemical effects of pretreatments used to improve

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Understanding Land Use Change – Are New Tools Needed?

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  Are we using the right tools to understand land use change, particularly at the local level, and how can understanding of land use change be improved? The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been around for 10 years, yet the policy continues to be

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

The Imports Cometh

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect its own investments.   —  The U.S. imported nearly three times more biodiesel and renewable

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Publishes Alternative Aviation Fuels Report

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) published a report titled Alternative Aviation Fuels: Overview of Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps. This new report provides an overview of the current state of alternative aviation fuels, based upon findings from recent peer-reviewed studies, scientific working groups,

March 29, 2017 Read Full Article

California Actively Reviewing LFCS Including LCA Models and Aviation Biofuel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks including potential updates to CA-GREET and other model changes. Presentations from last month’s meeting on

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

2016 Survey of Non-Starch Alcohol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The reports tracks the status of non-starch alcohol and renewable hydrocarbon projects. What it is: Publicly available annual report summarizing U.S. advanced biorefinery projects and global trends in the deployment of commercial technologies as of year-end 2016 (CY). This year’s effort is the result of

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

EIA Data Shows Blend Wall Broken in 2016 with Production at 15.33 Billion Gallons

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. ethanol production set a new record of 15.33 billion gallons (bg) in 2016, according to data released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA data also show that the average gallon of gasoline likely contained slightly more than 10.0% ethanol

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks, including

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Made up of seven DOE national laboratories, ChemCatBio will

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report Published

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report is now online! Read this new report for an overview of industry challenges and opportunities discussed during the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop, which was held on October 5–6, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted more

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017)

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or as “jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy (EERE), released its updated strategic plan in January. Revised every five years, the strategic plan refreshes and updates BETO’s strategy out to 2040, to assure it is

February 13, 2017 Read Full Article

FG Planning $50bn Funding for Domestic Biofuel Industry – CBN

by Ifeanyi Lawrence-Agbai (Today)  The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Tuesday disclosed that the federal government would invest about $50 billion to the development of a domestic biofuel industry which would serve as an alternative energy source for Nigeria. It said the $50 billion biofuel fund would be contributed by different

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a pioneering effort to analyze a range of potential environmental effects associated

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

The Bioeconomy, #1 Catalyst for Rural Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and Rural Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Change Is in the Air for Food Sustainability

by Robin Booker (The Western Producer)  There are many innovative products and services available to Canadian crop producers that could help improve sustainability. However, the global food sector is struggling to find ways to reward growers who adapt sustainable technologies and techniques. Big food companies have made public commitments to source

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Fantastic 5: US States Getting It Done, Making Biobased Happen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … the most innovative public-private policies are likely for some time to proceed out of regions, provinces and states. In some ways, in the United States the forces arrayed against the Renewable Fuel Standard will end up with something far worse — a patchwork of state-by-state

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the United

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. Those improvements could include combining processes such as mixing,

December 27, 2016 Read Full Article

All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the ABPDU

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.” It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology

December 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Chief Pilot: The ABPDU, Where the Elite Meet to Defeat Petroleum

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”  It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology centers, if you will, of companies such as Kiverdi, Sylvatex, Perfect Day, Lygos, Microvi, and Greenlight Biosciences to name just a few. … They’ve

December 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Beyond Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioenergy Technologies Office

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BETO. I think it’s Latin for “I forbid petroleum.” So while presidents have the Veto, technologists have the Beto. It’s most widely known in its modern variant, as the acronym for the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, the hearth and home of the US government’s efforts to change the

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Industry Welcomes Updated Department of Energy Biodiesel Guide

(National Biodiesel Board)  NREL report a comprehensive guide for biodiesel users —  The biodiesel industry welcomed the publication of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) fifth edition of the Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide, developed in conjunction with the DOE Clean Cities program. The guide is a comprehensive document designed

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. As Ecostrat’s Jordan Solomon observed at ABLC Next a few weeks back, “the vast majority of projects are given junk ratings, if they can get rated at all”. And

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Accepting Applications for 2017 Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2017 Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships. Fellows will work with a mentor at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service or a U.S. university for up to 12 weeks on climate change mitigation research. The U.S. mentor will

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Publishes Regular GAIN Reports on Biofuels in Countries around the World

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service publishes regular GAIN reports on biofuels in countries around the world. Some of the recent reports included the European Union (download), Japan (download), Philippines (download), Brazil (download), Colombia (download), Canada (download), Thailand (download), Indonesia (download), Malaysia (download), Argentina (download) and Australia (download).   READ MORE

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SuperBIO Project to Support EU Bioeconomy Innovation

(Bio Base Europe/Biomass Magazine)  SuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the EU Horizon2020 funding program. The € 3.8 million ($4.24 million) project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the bioeconomy. It therefore engages with the EU biobased business community. The project provides 10 different types of

September 3, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Report Discusses Australian Biofuel Industry

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides updated data on Australia’s biofuel industry, noting ethanol production is expected to reach 250 million liters (66.04 million gallons) this year. The report explains Australia’s biofuel industry is relatively

August 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Among the benefits cited in the study (Summary

August 26, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE Joint Genome Institute Aims to Boost Use of More Yeasts

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, so far industry has only harnessed a fraction of the diversity available for biotechnological applications, including biofuel production. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers aims to help boost the use of

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Latin Americans Committed to Advancing Biofuels

by Fernando Olmedo (Biodisol/Agence France Presse (Google Translation))  Twenty Latin American countries pledged Friday to continue “promoting emphasizing” the development of biofuels with support from multilateral financial institutions, during a forum on clean energy in San Salvador. “There is a belief by the countries where it is increasingly necessary to promote

August 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Feedstocks for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Behind the Scenes look at the Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month, the DOE released the first volume of its monumental two-volume update of the Billion Ton report, looking not only at the economics of biomass but also the environmental trade-offs associated with various approaches to utilizing excess biomass capacity. At ABLC Feedstocks, Matthew Langholtz

August 9, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Commerce Department Invests More Than $4 Million In Maine, Deploys Interagency Team To Help Strengthen State’s Forest Economy

(U.S. Economic Development Administration)  U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will invest more than $4 million to help diversify and grow the Maine economy, which includes new funds designed to aid the forest sector. During an

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition (SI) engines, including technologies reliant on higher compression ratios and fuels with improved anti-knock properties,

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Report Features Data on EU Pellet, Biogas Markets

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s biofuel market, including data on wood pellets and biogas. Regarding pellets, the report explains that the EU is the world’s largest wood pellet market,

August 2, 2016 Read Full Article

2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae-based biofuels and bioproducts offer great promise in contributing to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s vision of a thriving and sustainable bioeconomy fueled by innovative technologies. The state of technology for producing algal biofuels continues to mature with ongoing investment by DOE

July 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Key Considerations for E85 and Other Ethanol Blend Infrastructure

(U.S. Department of Energy) What are the key considerations when installing ethanol equipment at a fueling station?  For those new to ethanol fueling, installing the necessary infrastructure may be unchartered territory. From fuel specifications to dispensing regulations, the recently updated Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85 and Other Ethanol-Gasoline Blends

July 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Deliverance: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the 2016 DOE Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, the US Department of Energy released its 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, and said that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $40 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 billion tons would be available by

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Grandson of Billion Ton: DOE Releases Radically Improved 2016 Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy released its 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, and said that 1.2 billion tons of biomass would be available at $60 or less per ton by 2040, and 1 billion tons would be available by 2030.

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Transform the marketplace: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the heart of the United States focus on bioenergy R&D is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado — supporting feedstock development, bioconversion and understanding markets for new products. NREL’s Justin Sluiter gave this illuminating overview of the lab’s activities at ABLC Feedstocks

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Release of the 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review Charts Path Forward for Algae

by Alison Goss Eng (U.S. Department of Energy)  Since the publication of the Energy Department’s pivotal 2010 National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap, there have been major advancements in the field of algal biofuels research and development. Today, we are announcing the publication of the 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review,

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

2016 Billion-Ton Report Preview

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Alison Goss Eng, of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, Tim Theiss, Laboratory Relationship Manager of the Bioenergy Technologies Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Tim Rials, Director of the Tennessee Forest Products Center, provide background and their insights into the production and

June 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Expanding the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Using the Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This analysis was presented by Jonny Rogers at ABLC Feedstocks 2016, and is the result of is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), National Laboratories, and various Agency representatives of the Biomass R&D Board’s Analysis Interagency Working Group. Zia

June 15, 2016 Read Full Article

A Biomass to Sugar Value Chain: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Canada’s Sarnia Biocluster

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “How much value is in the entire value chain, going from stover in the field to all the products?” asked Sandy Marshall, chairman, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. His question opened his description of the birth of the Sarnia (Ontario) project which ultimately has wrapped everything from

June 14, 2016 Read Full Article

The New Cellulosic Value Chain: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In April, we reported that Comet Biorefining has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet’s upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario.  The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues using Comet’s innovative technology. The agreement also provided increasing

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Argonne Launches First Tech Incubator

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was

May 28, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the success we’ve achieved to date, and to similarly look ahead to solving the challenging issues

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Why Does Biology Take so Long to Make Commercial Products? A Job for BOB

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hy is so biology so challenging?  —  “It’s partly how we have done it. We sort through the research, then we design, and then we spend a lot of time in the lab pipetting liquids, then finally write down the data. But the next

May 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Argonne Rolls Out New Version of Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Analysis Tool

by Katie Elyce Jones  (Argonne National Laboratory)  Despite the potential benefits, being one of the first businesses or individuals to embrace a new product or technology can be daunting. That’s why the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory this week is releasing an updated version of its AFLEET

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention Disclosure

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State University), and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) – are making progress on

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

The Future of Bioenergy Is in This Book-less Library

by  Cory Hatch (Renewable Energy World)  The Bioenergy Feedstock Library contains no books. What it does contain is information about biomass — organic material such as corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw. Nearly 50,000 biomass database entries and more than 35,000 physical samples reside in a repository located

May 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. The production of biofuels from sustainable, non-food, domestic biomass resources is an important strategy to

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

USTR Releases Special 301 Report on Protection of American Intellectual Property Rights Across the World

(Office of the United States Trade Representative)  Obama Administration unveils list of the world’s most significant challenges facing American intellectual property rights alongside bipartisan members of Congress and business community leaders  —  On the heels of World Intellectual Property Day, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has

April 27, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since 1990. The inventory shows a nine percent drop in emissions since 2005, and a one

April 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation (BRAWT) Additional Funding Available Now!

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  Second Round Funding Now Available–ALL GRANT PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY: FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 AT 12:00 PM CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME Submit completed applications via email to seo@wisconsin.gov. Questions? Submit to seo@wisconsin.gov and answers will be posted at the bottom. On October 28, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)announced

April 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Harnessing Biotechnology to Accelerate Advanced Biofuels Production

by Jonathan Male (US Department of Energy) … From expanding the potential of diverse microbial systems to enhancing the biocatalytic capabilities of enzymes, the application of biotechnology is accelerating the development of the advanced biofuel industry. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office(BETO) works to enable capabilities in biotechnology, as

April 12, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Interagency Effort Provides Links to Biofuel Data on One Web Page

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Biofuel number crunchers in the know are finding their jobs easier because of a website hosted by the USDA Economic Research Service where the Interagency Council on Agricultural & Rural Statistics pulls together links to government data from multiple sources on one page. The Biofuels

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan Guarantee Program and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) were capped well below the funding

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Flammable Liquid Unit Trains Response Curriculum

(US Department of Transportation)  Online Resource Offers Responders a Flexible Approach to Pre-Incident Planning for Rail Incidents — The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced the launch of the web-accessible Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response (TRIPR) training resource, which provides emergency responders with

April 5, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE BETO Updates Multi-Year Program Plan

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and coordinate its activities. The plan also serves as a vehicle to communicate the office’s mission,

April 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Son of Billion Ton: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Billion Ton Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2005 report, Biomass as Feedstock for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry: The Technical Feasibility of a Billion-Ton Annual Supply (generally referred to as the Billion-Ton Study) was an estimate of potential biomass available within the contiguous United States based on assumptions about current and future inventory production

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

B&C Professionals Help Tell the Story of EPA’s “Half Century of Progress”

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  Many Americans today, including many legislators at the federal and state levels, were not yet born when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created by President Nixon in 1970, or they were too young to appreciate how air and water quality were deteriorating until governments,

March 23, 2016 Read Full Article

RFA Thanks Lowe’s Quick Action Following Inaccurate Ethanol Signs

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association today expressed deep appreciation to Lowe’s for responding so quickly to the industry’s request for the store to remove signs that inaccurately warned consumers to not use ethanol blends in small engines. In a direct response to RFA’s letter, a company official informed

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The survey report, titled 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers, documents important changes (e.g., biorefinery development, production capacity, feedstock use, and technology pathways)

March 18, 2016 Read Full Article

High Tech Mecca: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biotech at Sandia National Labs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sandia’s Bioenergy and Defense Technologies department, which is part of Sandia’s Biological and Materials Sciences Center, supports mission areas in biodefense, emerging infectious disease, and biofuels. The department conducts fundamental research in cell biology, immunology, and microbiology, largely through the development and use of advanced measurement technologies

February 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live on our website last week … First, there’s the issue of what to call the fuel.

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

GOED Awarded $1.5 Million for Ethanol Program

(South Dakota Ag Connection)  South Dakota is ramping up its efforts to increase ethanol usage in South Dakota, thanks in part to a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (USDA – CCC) federal grant awarded to the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “As the

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

E25, E40 for the Masses

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Widely introducing consumers to ‘super premium’ ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well.  —  Which needs to come first, a new high-octane midlevel ethanol blend or new vehicles optimized to more efficiently take advantage

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Retail Advancement in Wisconsin Transportation (BRAWT) Program

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  On October 28, 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) had been awarded $3.7 million through the Biofuels Infrastructure Program (BIP) to significantly expand and support the installation of ethanol blending equipment at retail

February 1, 2016 Read Full Article

US Energy Secretary Expresses Support for Biofuels at DC Auto Show

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This year, for a change, in the introduction to his remarks at the Washington, DC Auto Show, US Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz pointed out the importance of alternative fuels to achieving the climate change goals of the Paris COP21

January 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Insurance for New Biofuel Crop Now Available

(US Department of Agriculture/PRMediaRelease) Carinata Producers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon — USDA’s Risk Management Agency today announced that producers in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota can insure carinata by written agreement under the canola and rapeseed insurance plans. Producers must submit a written agreement request to their insurance

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west corn ethanol fuel. ANL, using their Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

Ramp up Them thar Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Berkeley Lab and ABPDU

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, established by the United States Department of Energy, is the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, designed to help ramp up the bioeconomy. ABPDU enables early stage advanced biofuels, biomaterials, and biochemicals product and process technologies to successfully scale from the

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Create Your Own Biodiesel on Your Farm?

(RFD-TV)  …  “This is something where they can grow it, and they can make it themselves and they can use it on the farm,” says Jason de Koff, an assistant professor in agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University.  The school’s mobile demonstration trailer – think of it as

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Partnerships that Speed Tech to Market: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Effective Agricultural Research Services Partnerships

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This year at ABLC Next, Bill Orts, a Research Leader for Bioproducts at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, gave us an overview of partnership opportunities at USDA and through ARS. One of the vehicles is known as a CRADA. Some signature companies are engaged, in the space, in

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. Argonne National Laboratory recently released a new version of GREET, funded in part by

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Innovations in Transportation, Energy Storage and Alternative Energy Sources: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Argonne National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers at Argonne are advancing the basic energy sciences, focusing their research and development on a broad portfolio of sustainable and clean energy technologies. Innovations in transportation, energy storage and alternative energy sources – including nuclear, solar, and biofuels –

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Whole Crop Utilization: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory’s BioEnergy Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse agricultural residues. By finding ways to produce biofuels and other value-added products more cost-effectively, the

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Chief Economist Office Examines Ethanol’s Complex Impact

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist just released a comprehensive report on ethanol. The 87-page report, “U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions,” examines the complex interaction of ethanol production with agricultural markets and government policies. In the

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about efforts to develop the advanced bioenergy industry. The U.S. Department of Energy provides joint funding

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Supply Chain Sustainability Analyses Completed

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This fiscal year, three Supply Chain Sustainability Analysis (SCSA) reports were published through Argonne National Laboratory. The SCSAs use a life-cycle analysis approach to identify energy consumption or environmental issues that may be associated with biofuel production across a particular technology pathway. These analyses also facilitate

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and that demonstrates responsible stewardship of the environment. Biofuel production is closely tied to the environment—for

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

China: Biofuels Annual

(US Department of Agriculture)  China is a major producer of biofuels and production continues to increase. However, it is unclear how the government will meet its ambitious targets for continued expansion given its decision to limit grainbased biofuel production and the limited availability of alternative feedstocks. 2016 fuel ethanol production is forecast at

September 10, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Begins Publishing Annual Data on RIN Sales, RIN Holdings

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In early July, the U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) sales data aggregated by renewable fuel standard (RFS) party type for the first time. The newly released data is in addition to monthly data on renewable fuel production, RIN generation, RIN separation and

July 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Innovations Presented at Department of Energy BETO Project Peer Review

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During late March 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) offered what amounted to a seminar for the public consisting of a series of presentations from industry professionals and researchers from various bioenergy projects. The presenters came to the Washington,

May 19, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review Presentations Now Online

(US Department of Energy)  Visit the 2015 Project Peer Review Web page to download individual project and plenary presentations from BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review. The peer review process provided BETO with feedback about the management of each of its technology area portfolios and the Office’s strategic direction. More than 380

April 30, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Launches SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program

(Dawnbreaker/PR NewsWire)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched its first ever SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance Program, aimed at helping eligible small R&D businesses and individuals successfully apply for SBIR/STTR federal funding from the DOE. Since the program is entirely funded by the DOE, these services are available

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs Survive “Cromnibus”

(FarmEnergy.org)  The big news from our nation’s capital this past week has been the passage of the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which began on October 1st. The federal government had been operating on funding extensions and was facing a deadline that risked another government shutdown. At this writing

December 18, 2014 Read Full Article

BETO Releases Process Integration and Carbon Efficiency Workshop Summary Report

(US Department of Energy)  On June 11–12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted a workshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to discuss research and development (R&D) opportunities related to the efficient production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. The

December 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Time for Teddy Talk

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that awaits us.   Then, there are times for Teddy Talks: of practical progress, problem solving, and turning wondrous advances into actual, scaled-up, sustainable, job-creating engines of the economy. While the

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

Myths And Facts About The Renewable Fuel Standard

by Kevin Kalhoefer and Denise Robbins  (Media Matters)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will delay its decision about the 2014 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil refiners to blend renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply. The announcement has drawn criticism from opponents

December 1, 2014 Read Full Article

California Air Resources Board (ARB) Overhauls Low Carbon Fuel Standard

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the midst of an overhaul of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).  Two of the issues most important to the low carbon fuels industry are the carbon intensity curve and cost containment issues including a potential ceiling and floor.  ARB recently held

November 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Report: Increased Ethanol Drops Energy Content of Gas

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The growing use of ethanol in the country’s gasoline supply has reduced the average energy content of a gallon of gasoline by about 3 percent during the last two decades, the government said Monday. The Energy Department’s statistical arm said the drop in energy

October 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Two Organizations Call Out the EPA on Corn Ethanol Emissions Modeling, 'Seriously Flawed'

by Aaron Turpen (Torque News)  The UAI and the EFC have called the EPA MOVES2014 corn ethanol emissions model “seriously flawed” and are calling for peer review of the emissions estimates in the annual report. The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition (EFC) are questioning the Environmental

October 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications. … This year, $12.6 million was awarded to 10 projects developing new cultivars of regionally adapted

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

What Progress is the USDA Making on Turning Farm Bill Funding into Program Action?

By Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Well, plenty. We reported on progress with Section 9003 loan guarantees earlier this week – today, we have a recap of the major other activities, including the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, BioPreferred, Business and Industry Loan Guarantees, Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, Value Added Producer Grants

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

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